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Garth Riley lead our November 10th walk at Humber Bay Parks. The temperature was hovering around freezing, but it was very windy, making it feel a lot like winter! By consensus, we decided to walk out to the end of Humber Bay Park West to look for a Common Eider, that had been seen earlier in the morning. Common Eiders are common on Canada’s east coast, but they are rarely seen in Lake Ontario, so it would have been a “lifer” for many participants. After a long walk and much searching, we gave up without ever finding the eider. We found a few interesting birds along the way though, including a Belted Kingfisher as well as both Great Blue Heron and Black-crowned Night-Heron.

As we were approaching the parking lot at the end of the walk, we learned of a Saw-whet Owl at Humber Bay Park East. Those who hadn’t already left were treated to a nice view of this secretive little owl. Viewing these owls with a group is always tricky, so a few people at a time went to see it, keeping a respectful distance.

Here’s the full list of birds seen on the walk:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Rock Pigeon
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Here are a few photos from the walk, with special thanks to Brian Keaveney for additional photos, including the owl.